night visitor

June 24, 2010 · 4 comments

in Mammals and Marsupials

Headgehog Eating Cat Biscuits   |   Mesmerising Moments

It is 2.30am. The back door is still open to the night-cool air of early summer.

The loud cracking of cat biscuits beats from the kitchen, the same sound as the previous evening. I suspect it is a neighbours cat pilfering and go to investigate.

The kitchen is dark. I see a shadowy figure leaning over the cat bowls. No! They’ve brought in next doors rabbit.

I bend down slowly to save the fluffy ball from stalking cats and my palm is greeted by the sharp prickles of hedgehog spines. Amazed, I flick on the light and the cats appear. They’re very interested in the night visitor too but cautious in their approaches.

I don’t know what to do.

So I watch, for two hours, as the hedgehog and cats become acquainted and eat food. The spiny mammal decides to take a tour and wanders into the living room. He heads straight for the bookcase and begins to climb.

“It’s time to go home, my friend,” I say as I bend to pick him up. I stroke along the spines gently on both sides of his body. He stops and waits.

I reach deep underneath and tenderly lift him into the air. The hedgehog is heavier than I expected; dense, powerful, warm. His muscle an unexpected strength in such a small creature.

I carry him to the garden as the sky lightens in the east. I turn to see where the cats are and when I look back the hedgehog is gone.


For more information about the distribution and habits of hedgehogs, see the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.


Apologies for the poor quality picture. It was taken during this Mesmerising Moment (in a state of high excitement!) on a phone camera.


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{ 4 comments }

MarkD July 1, 2010 at 20:13

v special

wildelycreative July 2, 2010 at 12:57

It was a beautiful few hours, worth the droopy eyes the next day for a close encounter with a hedgehog.

amy October 28, 2010 at 21:06

wow that is a fantastic MM

wildelycreative November 12, 2010 at 10:16

It was the longest MM I’ve had! I’ll never forget the day a hedgehog came for a nosy :)

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